Lenovo has started to sell its Miix 630 always-connected PC based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and Microsoft’s Windows 10 S. The system weighs around 1.4 kilograms yet promises up to 20 hours of battery life with a perminent connection to the internet when in cell-tower coverage. 

Lenovo’s Miix 630 is a 2-in-1 detachable notebook with a 12.3-inch FHD+ display and a 15.6 mm z-height when equipped with a keyboard. The system is outfitted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4 GB of LPDDR4-1866 memory, 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an integrated Gigabit LTE modem. Since the Miix 630 uses a mobile SoC, it is always connected to a 4G/LTE network and offers a very long battery life because it is equipped with a laptop-class 48 Wh battery: Lenovo rates the system for 20 hours of video playback at 150 nits screen brightness.

The 2-in-1 comes with Microsoft’s Windows 10 S, but there is an option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free within the first 180-days after initial registration. Since the Snapdragon 835 is designed to be more space and efficient than the competition, the Miix 630 is rated to work significantly longer than the vast majority of ultra-thin notebooks.

As reported previously, the platform supports applications through the Windows Store that are natively compiled for the S835, as well as non-native 32-bit apps through machine translation. Qualcomm is still in the middle of developing its 64-bit SDK, as well as looking into translation of non-native 64-bit apps. We covered the topic when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850. For some power users, this may be a limitation at this time, however most regular program suites for business use are ready and operational for full performance.

Lenovo charges $899.99 for the Miix 630 product, which is the price that Microsoft charges for its entry-level Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 that is powered by Intel’s Core m3-6Y30 SoC.

Lenovo’s Miix 630 is now available both directly from Lenovo as well as from retailers like Amazon.

The Lenovo Miix 630
  Specifications
Display 12.3"
1920×1280
187 PPI
400 nits
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 x Kryo 280 Performance (2.45 GHz)
4 x Kryo Efficiency (1.9 GHz)
Graphics Adreno 540 GPU at 710 MHz
RAM 4 GB
Storage 128 GB + microSD
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
WWAN Qualcomm X16 Gigabit LTE
USB 3.0 1 × Type-C
Cameras Front 5 MP with IR and Windows Hello
Rear 13 MP
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, trackpad, card reader, etc.
Battery 48 Wh
Battery Life 20 hours
Dimensions Width 293 mm | 11.5"
Height 210 mm | 8.2"
Thickness 15.6 mm | 0.6" w/ keyboard
Weight 1.39 kilograms | 2.93 lbs

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Source: Lenovo (via Liliputing)

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  • Gunbuster - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - link

    Heck there are older but new in box 5th gen X1 carbons (8GB/256GB SSD) on ebay for $1000. You would be crazy to buy this device at $900 Reply
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    Technocally you could buy laptops with the same performance but lower prices if OEM's used AMD APU's, 2500-2700U cost near half of your avrg i5-i7-U cpu. Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - link

    Typo: "life with a perminent connection"

    Should be "permanent".
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  • rocky12345 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - link

    Just say no. The price alone puts this thing in the no buy list. You get 4GB ram a sub par CPU when compared to a Intel i3,i5,i7 or AMD R3,R5,R7. You get a scaled down Windows 10 S yet the price is about the same as a system with a AMD or Intel CPU with far better CPU's a full version of Windows most of the time. You get a x86 system what will run everything you throw at it and most of the time do it at a good speed. For these systems if you want to run anything x86 you have to do it through emulation which basically makes the Tablet/Phone CPU's even struggle harder to perform even remotely good. This a trend I hope passes very soon since I work on computers for a living and I do not relish the thought of having to sit through the process of having to fix one of these turds.

    Using slow CPU's has been done a few times and it has always been ugly a sin so slow you want to throw the thing in the trash can. They at least had one thing going for them they were cheap to buy so they were basically disposable PC's. If these are going to cost the same as a x86 system with a good set of hardware spec's then they had better match them in performance as well and I do not see that happening.
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  • yeeeeman - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - link

    I do get why Qualcomm would like to position this at 1000$ price range, but I don't get why they believe it could succeed. Yes, you can sell a few of these to people who are curious, but other than that, nobody will buy it.
    Battery life is a moot point because you can get the same or better battery like on an Intel platform if you limit the performance to the Qualcomm chip level. 4G is just a gimmick, you don't need 4g on a laptop.
    A fair price for this would be 400-500$.
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  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    Maybe OEM's think because people are paying $1k for the same craptastic performance on a phone the same would apply in a laptop where are actually expecting real performance? Reply
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    So they want to sell you a "phone" with a "phone idiotic price premium" on a laptop form factor with Windows S. Reply
  • sing_electric - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - link

    I can't see why anyone would buy this machine, at this price, over a Surface Pro. It's got last year's phone guts, and a significantly lower-res screen than the Surface Pro.

    At the moment, MS actually has its Core i5/8GB/128GB Surface Pro on sale for $800 on its website; that means with type cover, you're looking at $930.

    I'd be interested to see how Win10 on ARM works with 4GB of RAM, but I'm betting that the 8GB Surface Pro performs a LOT better.

    At like $500-600, this might be competitive, but the only thing this device has going for it is battery life, with way too many compromises to make it worthwhile for most users.
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  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    It doesn't matter if it's last year hardware, they would need to crank a 855 to like 8Ghz just to match a 2500U locked to base clocks, and that's being extremely positive. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Thursday, July 12, 2018 - link

    The lowest end of the atom already perform miles better and you cand find thos from $99+. Reply

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